Department of Agriculture: Pesticide Management

Pesticides - Bed Bugs

Bed Bug  
The Delaware Department of Agriculture, Pesticide section has identified that Bed Bugs have dramatically increased as a public health pest throughout the country. This educational information was established to assist you in making choices needed in the prevention, monitoring and selection of either the proper use of pesticides or selection of a certified applicator. While Bed Bugs are not known to transmit diseases, they can cause stress, discomfort, and sores. The experts tell us that the resurgence is associated with the greater international and domestic travel, lack of knowledge regarding the complex measures need to prevent and control bed bugs and increased resistance of bed bugs to available pesticides. Here are a few of the basic precautions that can prevent bed bug infestation in your home.
  • Vigilant Monitoring including a check of secondhand furniture, beds, and couches for any signs of bed bug infestations.

  • Prevention & Control by removing clutter where Bed Bugs hide, sealing cracks to eliminate habitat, encasing mattresses/box springs, and checking luggage when returning from trip.

  • Non-Chemical treatment e.g., vacuuming, heat treatment of clothing, bedding and furniture.

  • Pesticide treatment with products explicitly labeled for use to control of bed bugs and carefully follow labeled directions.


Fact Sheets, available in both English and Spanish, provide the most current information regarding Bed Bugs including inspection and identification, current treatment methods and suggested best management practices and are available below.

2011 Bed Bug Fact Sheets English Español
  • How to Identify a Bed Bug Infestation
.pdf .pdf
  • Bed Bug Biology and Behavior
.pdf .pdf
  • Bed Bug Prevention Methods
.pdf .pdf
  • Bed Bud Treatment: What You Should Expect
.pdf .pdf
  • Using Heat to Kill Bed Bugs
.pdf .pdf
  • Bed Bug Action Plan for Home Health Care and Social Workers
.pdf .pdf
  • Bed Bug Prevention for Emergency Facilities and Patient Transport
.pdf .pdf
  • Bed Bug Treatment Using Insecticides
.pdf .pdf
  • Non-Chemical Bed Bug Management
.pdf .pdf
  • Bed Bug Action Plan for Apartments
.pdf .pdf
  • Bed Bug Action Plan for Hotels
.pdf .pdf
  • Bed Bug Action Plan for Schools
.pdf .pdf
  • Bed Bug Action Plan for Shelters
.pdf .pdf



If you have any additional questions not answered in this outreach information contact the Delaware Department of Agriculture Pesticide section at (302)-698-4500. Additional Bed Bug information can be viewed on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website using the following link:

We want to recognize EPA for providing a grant to the Virginia Department of Agriculture, Office of Pesticide Services, for undertaking an outreach and education project to provide information regarding Bed Bugs.



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